Advice on a iBook HD


macrumors 68040
Original poster
Jan 15, 2003
51st State of America
I have just put my iBook HD on ebay and realised I haven't actually formatted it! Also ebay doesn't make it easy to stop an auction, talk about a maze of options!

I have tons of personal info on the drive with regard to Credit Cards and various online accounts. No porn incase you're thinking. :)

I'm not yet prepared to bite the bullet and take apart my iBook again simply to format this drive, what is the next best way? I know about HD enclosures and about special IDE cables that will let you use laptop HD's in a desktop machine.

The best solution would be to bung it in a MacBook and use the startup disks to wipe it but I don't know anybody in my area who could offer me that service. Anybody think a regular PC shop could do it for me instead for a tiny fee?

Spanky Deluxe

macrumors 601
Mar 17, 2005
London, UK
Get a firewire cable, start it up in target disk mode, connect it to another mac and use the disk utility to format it, you can even make it do a complete secure erase, letting it format it like 7 times or something.

Actually, the installation disks should be able to do this too so no cable would be needed.


macrumors 603
Jun 28, 2004
Chicago, IL
I would have to look at the ads in the back of one of my MacWorld magazines, but there's this amazing thing that is like a dock for hard drives that are out of their enclosures.

mad jew

Moderator emeritus
Apr 3, 2004
Adelaide, Australia
Most PC shops should be able to format it for you. Otherwise, see if you can get an enclosure form a friend or someone. You wouldn't need to borrow it for long. :)

Spanky Deluxe

macrumors 601
Mar 17, 2005
London, UK
I'd suggest getting an external hard drive chassis or a usb hard drive adaptor. I got one from the Brando Workshop and its proved to be incredibly useful.